Dassel-Cokato elementary principals Brian Franklin and Debbie Morris highlighted their schools’ programming at last Monday’s school board meeting.
DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel and Cokato Elementary principals educated the district’s school board members about a multitude of student opportunities at last Monday night’s school board meeting.
In a presentation dubbed “Elementary 101,” principals Debbie Morris, representing Dassel Elementary, and Brian Franklin, representing Cokato Elementary, showcased the highlights of the district’s programming for its youngest students.
The principals shared balanced class sizes and a collaborative curriculum between the buildings ensures every student has the chance to learn similar concepts.
Morris and Franklin pointed out staff consistently focus on and fine-tune curriculum in all academic areas, including English language arts, science, health, math, social studies, technology, and art.
They said that DC elementary students can work out their wiggles during physical education classes and recess every day. Additionally, music is offered three times a week. (Many schools no longer offer daily phy ed, recess, or musical opportunities.)
Morris and Franklin reviewed a myriad of additional student programming opportunities, the majority of which address students’ individual needs and abilities.
Featured programs included:
• CARE group/team time – a character education program;
• Olweus – an embedded anti-bullying program;
• Odyssey/enrichment – a gifted and talented program;
• Reading Corps – a federally-funded reading program;
• school patrol;
• parent event nights; and,
• morning announcements from students.
Morris and Franklin expressed gratitude toward many other adults engaged and busy in their buildings.
They explained each elementary school has paraprofessionals working at each grade level; a social worker; a shared first grade reading specialist; and a solid team of tutors.
In conclusion, Morris identified two common areas of current and growing concern for all educators: the changing dynamics of families, and mental health issues manifesting in students at younger ages.Odds and Ends
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